Northwestern University's commencement ceremonies were scheduled for Friday, June 16th, and the actual walk-the-stage graduation for the school of engineering was scheduled for the following morning at 8:30a. Those events were to be the grand finale, as it were: a week spent with my friends, and a weekend to send them out into the world.
Friday I wandered the campus trying to get tickets to both events. I happened to stop by Foster House for a drink of water, and lo-and-behold I ran into my Halo sniping partner, Chris. He had tickets in abundance, so I was set. The plan was to meet up with Amanda at her apartment and head to the commencement in the evening, but because of my miscommunication and associated complications, I missed the commencement.
The next morning, Amanda knocked on my door and announced "It's 7:30a. Are you going to go to the graduation?" By the time I was ready to go it was 8:30a. By the time I was on campus it was 9:00a. Not realizing that I should have gotten off one stop later and walked two blocks, I stood at the commencement bus stop, assuming buses would be running again. After watching three buses go by, however, I started walking (again, not realizing the how close the next L stop was to the graduation). It was uncomfortably hot, so by the time I arrived at the graduation at 10:00a, I was glistening with perspiration.
I walked into the stadium to music, and watched in dismay as a long line of professors and deans filed past me, followed by a great mass of students. Incredibly, the very people I had come to see graduate all walked past me in the span of twenty seconds - had I been even five minutes earlier or later, I would have failed to meet up with the very people I was there to see. It had to be that exact moment, to put me at that exact place.
Consequently, I now have a photo of me with Justin, Allan, Andy, and Chris. I got to meet Andy's family and Allan's mom (his dad wasn't able to make it), and of course I got plenty of photos. Providence alone brought that together!